Episode 340 - THE MEDAL

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Episode 340 - THE MEDAL

Post by Episode Guide » Wed Jun 24, 2015 8:27 pm

Date: October 26, 1969

Summary: Ben brings a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, Matthew Rush, to the Ponderosa to work after he finds the man drunk in the saloon. Trouble begins to brew when a neighbor’s daughter, who’s Mother was killed by Union soldiers, becomes attracted to Matthew.

Written by:Frank Chase
Directed by:Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Dean Stockwell (Matthew Rush); Harry Townes (Seth Nagel); Susan Howard (Lori); Charles Briles (Del)

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Re: Episode 340 - THE MEDAL

Post by snapdragon » Sun Sep 06, 2015 3:27 pm

This episode is one of my favorites from Season 11. Dean Stockwell and Susan Howard (Dallas!), two more perfectly cast guest stars.

Bonanza has a lot of Biblical themes threaded through its stories but are particularly strong in this one, especially when Rush (as the Jesus figure) says and does nothing to defend himself against Nagel's (in the role of Pontius Pilate) accusations.

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